When do I Need a Building Permit?
The best way to find out if you need a permit is to call your local Community Development department. The staff is there to serve the public by providing information about safety and understanding of your local building codes. Permit requirements are as follows:
Under Chapter 8 of the City of Brookhaven’s ordinance; Any owner or authorized agent who intends to erect, construct, install, enlarge alter, repair, move, remove, convert, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to or replace any electrical gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by this code, or cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to and obtain the required permit.
Typical Work that Requires a Building Permit
What are the benefits of having a building permit?
Increased Value -- Your home or business is an investment. If your construction project does not comply with the codes adopted by your community, the value of your investment could be reduced. Property insurers may not cover work done without permits and inspections. If you decide to sell a home or building that has had modifications without a permit, you may be required to tear down the addition, leave it unoccupied or do costly repairs.
Protection -- A property owner who can show that code requirements were strictly and consistently met, as demonstrated by a code official's carefully maintained records, has a strong ally if something happens to trigger a potentially destructive lawsuit or insurance claim. The CODE is a set of rules that meet MINIMUM standards for safety, health, and structural integrity.
Safety -- Your permit also allows the code official to protect you and the public by reducing the potential hazards of unsafe construction and ensuring public health, safety and welfare. By following code guidelines, your completed project will meet minimum standards of safety and will be less likely to cause injury to you, your family, your friends or future owners.
Where do I get a permit?
Our office is located at 200 Ashford Center Parkway, Suite 150 in Atlanta, and our staff is ready to assist you however possible. It is our honor and pleasure to work for the citizens here, promoting and ensuring everyone’s safety and well being.
After the permit request is submitted, the City will normally take up to 10 business days to review the plans and permit documents, after which time either a permit will be issued or comments will be provided to the applicant. If review comments are provided, the applicant may resubmit the plans and permit request when all of the comments are addressed. The City will then have up to 10 business days to review the updated plans and related documents. The turn around time for resubmittals is normally faster than the original submittal.
The Community Development Department is committed to working diligently to provide thorough and complete plan reviews on a timely basis.
What are the types of permits?
Singular trade (e.g. water heater, mechanical replacement, electrical work, roof replacement) - These are usually over the counter, walk in permits and are issued the same day.
Multiple trades (e.g. a new house, a remodeling job, an addition) - Two sets of architectural plans should be submitted for review, including any engineered documentation such as truss drawings. Plans must be to scale, legible and show both existing conditions and proposed conditions.
Singular trade (e.g. water heater, mechanical replacement, electrical work, roof replacement) - These are often over the counter, walk in permits and may be issued the same day.
Multiple trades (e.g. as a new office building, a remodeling job, an addition) - Three sets of architectural plans will be needed for review, including MEPs and any engineered documentation. Plans must be to scale and legible and show existing conditions as well as proposed conditions.
If this is a food establishment, the applicant will need to take one additional set to the DeKalb Health Department. Applicant will take three sets to the DeKalb Fire Marshal’s office and upon their approval will return with two stamped (by the fire marshal) sets to our office where we will then review them.
Michael Nier, Building Official
Brian Reed, Code Compliance & Planning
Planning and Zoning
A site plan will need to be submitted to the planning department for review to verify compliance with all zoning and development requirements.
Howard Koontz, AICP, City Planner
A site plan and related land disturbance plans will need to be submitted for engineering review and compliance with the best management practices regulated by the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation on Commission (GSWCC). Any projects involving land disturbance are required to obtain a permit (LDP) from the City of Brookhaven prior to such activity. Water and Sewer improvements are handled by DeKalb County.
Rich Edinger, Plan Review Engineer
James Bassett, Permit Manager